ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The governor of Iraq’s Anbar province is in critical condition after injuries from mortar fire in the town of Barwana, which was recaptured from Islamic State (IS/formerly ISIS) fighters.
Iraqi troops, in a joint operation with US warplanes, carried out several strikes in Anbar, specifically targeting IS militants near the Haditha dam.
Ahmed al-Dulaimi, the governor of Iraq's largest province, had Tweeted nearly three hours prior to the operation that he was at the dam: "I am now at Haditha Dam. I confirm air strikes on ISIS. Their days are numbered."
A later Tweet said, “We have recaptured army positions around Haditha previously held by ISIS. American strikes are deliberate and precise.” Then again, he Tweeted that, "US jets have attacked ISIS positions in Al-Qa'im."
US military jets have launched at least 133 airstrikes on IS strongholds since August 8. The air bombing in Anbar marked the first time US forces were intervening in the area.